Britain doesn’t like nuance or shades of grey | alittleecon

The reasonable face of British politics: Jeremy Corbyn.

The reasonable face of British politics: Jeremy Corbyn.

Just observe the aftermath of any great tragedy. All actors in the Westminster farce come together around a single idea or set of ideas, beyond which no one is permitted to stray. Should they dare to do so, they face being roundly denounced.

The person to do that has rarely been the leader of the opposition (at least in my life time), and so the reaction to Jeremy Corbyn’s straying from the agreed lines is particularly vitriolic – not least from within his own party.

Cameron’s government has faithfully played its part in events, but the fly in the ointment has been Jeremy Corbyn’s response. This is simply unforgivable in the eyes of many. So what crimes has Corbyn committed in the last 7 days?

First off he dared to question whether the drone strike that reportedly killed Mohammed Emwazi were an altogether good thing. His comments saying it would have been better if he could have been put on trial, rather than being treated as a perfectly reasonable – if rather obvious – statement were met with ridicule.

Next up, following the Paris attacks, Corbyn re-iterated his doubts that joining the French in bombing Syria was the right way for the UK to act. Many Labour MPs seem to really want the chance to vote to bomb Syria, and are hopping mad they may not immediately get the chance to do so.

The final straw seems to have been Corbyn responding in the negative when asked if he supported a policy of ‘shoot to kill’. Corbyn’s position on this is rather nuanced. He wants police and security services to try to stop those engaging in armed attacks with non-lethal force if at all possible, but to retain the option to use lethal force if there is no other option. This is pretty much what happens now, so his response was actually pretty reasonable. This really caused Labour MPs to lose the plot though, and the print media have had a field day.

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7 thoughts on “Britain doesn’t like nuance or shades of grey | alittleecon

  1. Joan Edington

    All these folks who are criticising Corbyn at every opportunity are exactly the ones who made Labour unelectable, although they would say the opposite, of course. I just hope that, if Corbyn can stick to his guns long enough, they will get bored and go join some party that more suits them.

  2. Lucy

    Been saying the same thing re shoot to kill. The law says it’s not unreasonable, so one would assume that those who think Corbyn is being unreasonable seem to be suggesting that armed police should act beyond the bounds of the law.

  3. bevchat

    I still think I would prefer Corbyn and his rational thinking that going in with both guns blasting…bombing Syria is not going to achieve anything….One thing Corbyn as got is integrity…I would still back him!

  4. ian725

    There is absolutely no point either bombing or naval bombardment or artillery bombardment unless you have Ground Troops support in numbers. It is a futile exercise unless stepped up a gear to Nukes. Nukes are never going to be sanctioned so Allied Ground Troops in 1000’s plus full logistical back up is necessary. This will take months to achieve the basics plus further time to acclimatize and familiarize in the locality. I would also expect specialised units are necessary plus medics ,medical equipment and hospitals to set up. The operation would take a minimum of 1 Corps. An International Logistical Nightmare. That is the problem in reality.

  5. mrmarcpc

    The Right doesn’t want the status quo to change, that’s why they’re attacking Corbyn so much, it suits them the way it is now just fine, he threatens that and so they fear him changing it, hence the over the top attacks on him.

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